Enjoy our roundup of stories that piqued our interest this week.
This week we tackle the following:
- Teen in coma after developing severe lung disease from vaping - Doctors said he may need a double lung transplant
- Facebook’s latest leak includes data on millions of users - It contained phone numbers and users' names, genders and countries.
- Sonoma County health officials issue alert amid vaping-related lung injuries - Could be associated with vaping cannabis
- Providence Health Plan notifying 122K members of 3rd-party data breach - The timing of the breach may have started nine years ago
The Bloomsburg University student had quit using the e-cigarettes but started again because of their flavor and got hooked, Boclair said to Fox 29.
Health officials have warned against using e-cigarettes and other vaping products, which they’ve linked to a rise of breathing illnesses.
In July, eight teens with a history of vaping were hospitalized with “seriously damaged lung” at The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
A security researcher has discovered databases containing more than 419 million records tied to Facebook accounts. It appears the data -- which includes phone numbers and Facebook IDs and in some cases users' names, genders and countries -- was scraped from the platform. However, it's not clear who pulled that information from Facebook or why.
The dataset included 133 million records on Facebook users in the US, 18 million on people in the UK and 50 million on users in Vietnam. The researcher, Sanyam Jain, found the databases on an exposed server that wasn't protected with a password. He told TechCrunch he found phone numbers linked to several celebrities.
Sonoma County health officials have issued a health alert warning against lung injuries related to vaping.
Dr. Celeste Philip, the county’s health officer, issued the alert last week, urging clinicians to watch for lung illnesses that could be associated with vaping cannabis, as well as cannabis oils or nicotine products.
The local health alert comes on the heels of a similar statewide warning by the California Department of Public Health. Since June, 36 cases of vaping-associated lung illness have required hospitalization throughout the state, according to the department.
The Oregonian reported that the security breach could impact as many as 122,000 Providence Health Plan members. Providence Health Plan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The data stored or potentially accessible from Dominion National’s computer servers may have included enrollment and demographic information for current and former members of Providence Health Plan’s dental program. The information may include names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, member identification numbers, group numbers and subscriber numbers, Providence Health Plan said.